Chui Named as Department Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science

News Story: April 16, 2014
Kevin Chui

Sacred Heart University recently named Kevin Chui chair of the department of physical therapy and human movement science. In this role, Chui will provide leadership for the athletic training and exercise science programs in addition to serving as the director of the physical therapy program and director of clinical practice for Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Specialists. He will also be responsible for the strategic planning of the program, faculty mentorship, creating and implementing a budget for the program, accreditation, admissions to the program and more.

Chui has been with the University since 2005 and has extensive experience in the physical therapy field—focusing on geriatric and orthopedic physical therapy, research methods and statistics. His practice and research interests have been primarily in those areas, and his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He has also presented at peer-reviewed state, regional and national physical therapy and gerontology conferences.

Chui is also an associate editor for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and a reviewer on several peer-reviewed journals including Physical Therapy, Gait & Posture, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation and Journal of Allied Health. He serves on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - Geriatric Specialty Council, on several national committees and task forces for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, on the research and scholarship committees for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association and as a consultant for local and national geriatric, orthopedic and occupational health companies.

Chui earned a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from MGH Institute of Health Professions, a doctorate in pathokinesiology (Ph.D.) from New York University and a doctoral-level academic certificate in manual therapy from Regis University. He has also completed two fellowship programs credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education and is recognized as a fellow of the Education Leadership Institute and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists also recognizes him as a geriatric and orthopedic certified specialist.

“I am extremely thankful for the support of my colleagues in my department and profession,” said Chui. “I have had invaluable mentorship from Michael Emery, Michelle Lusardi, Pamela Levangie, Rita Wong, Wen Ling, Thomas Schmitz and Jody Frost as I pursued a career in academia and taken on new service and leadership opportunities. I am also thankful to Dean Patricia Walker for her continued support—first as a new faculty member, then as a senior faculty member and now as a new department chair.”